EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Kick reads and catches

Improve your backfield players understanding where to run and how to cover kicks. Help them anticipate where the opposition are likely to kick to ensure they catch the ball on the full.

It’s easier catch a long kick when the receiver is settled. Help them read the intentions of the kicker, so they’ll move into position quickly.

ACTIVITY 1

  1. Have a feeder pass a ball to a kicker who aims to land the ball inside a 30m box about 20m away.
  2. Have a defender put pressure on the kicker and a receiver inside the box.
  3. The defender in the box aims to catch the ball before it bounces.
  4. After four goes, rotate the players.
  5. Then move to the other side of the box to change the angle of the kick.

ACTIVITY 2

  1. Split the pitch into three 30m long sections, up to the width of a whole pitch.
  2. Put a receiver inside each section.
  3. Have a feeder pass to a kicker who is about 20m from the sections.
  4. The kicker can either kick himself or pass to another player to kick.
  5. Have a player put pressure on the kickers, but starting around 7m back.

  1. Again the kicking team aim to land the ball inside the receivers’ area.
  2. Have four goes before rotating players.
  3. Develop by allowing the feeder to kick as well (box kick). Then move to the other side of the box to change the angle of the kick.
  4. Also, have just two receivers, so the kicker tries to kick to where they are not.

TECHNIQUE

  • Move as the ball is passed from the feeder.
  • Watch the angle of the kicker’s shoulders.
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